Bumper Crop

I think it’s safe to say that most parents try to provide their children a better upbringing than they themselves had growing up. Not that Missy and I had it “rough” by any stretch of the imagination, but I think that there is a part of us that fall into that category as well.

Whether it’s wanting to provide them with the best education available, making the most of the opportunities at hand, or letting them ride on gigantic, flipping sweet farm equipment each year when autumn rolls around…

…we’re willing to do whatever it takes!

Ok, full disclosure: Missy had experiences like this growing up, however it was quite the rare occasion for me.

Before making the 30 minute journey south of town last Sunday, G-Pa Steve had the harvester up in West Des Moines to pick his beans that have been growing all summer on the Florer Farm.  Of course, this provided the perfect opportunity to have a little fun and let the girls try something that not every two year old has the chance to experience.

So across the street and up into the cab we went…

…before setting off amongst the amber waves of grain soybeans.

I’m fairly convinced that the girls could have gone all day riding with grandpa Steve in his big Combine…

…but after a few passes we disembarked to let him devote his full attention to the field… much to the dismay of the little farm-hands.

Luckily, our fun didn’t end there, for once First Harvest is finished on Florer Farm, Second Harvest begins…

…the Golf Ball Harvest!

AKA…driving around on the golf cart and scooping up all the abandoned golf balls that the patrons of Willow Creek Golf Course spent the summer slicing into Steve’s field from the 6th hole tee box!

We literally found dozens of them in just minutes…including name brands like Nike, Callaway, and the Titlest Pro V1X, a ball that retails for $4.00 per ball…crazy!

But that wasn’t all. This year we found something truly spectacular:

Yep. That’s a putter in the field…

…no more than 30 yards away from this

…the 6th hole green. Somebody must have had a reeeeeeally bad day 😉

Finders keepers!

So off we went, back home to play with our haul. Yet with a bag full of golf balls and only one club to share…tempers quickly went downhill, as they tend to do in situations like this. Thankfully, I was able to come to the rescue with two more seldom-used clubs from my seldom-used golf bag!

Problem solved!

I like to think that somehow somewhere, Gagie was looking down on us and smiling, as this activity kept their attention for over an hour…which is nothing short of a miracle at our house.

Ok, and I may or may not have chipped a ball back across the street  from my front lawn into Steve’s field again, if only to see the smiles and looks of wonder from my three beauties {don’t worry Steve, I was able to relocate it and add it back to the stash}.

Just another exciting fall afternoon for the Hardinge triplets!

(Oh, and if there are any golfers out there looking to get their hands on some good golf balls, just get in touch! The Florer’s currently have two and a half 5-gallon-buckets full of them. Just saying.)

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

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